How the Long Wait for Therapy Services Adds to Anxiety

How the Long Wait for Therapy Services Adds to Anxiety

When she was 15, Naomi Lea was suffering up to 10 panic attacks a day and self-harming. Struggling with the pressure of social media and anxious about exams, she felt isolated and scared. After calling ChildLine, she left a letter on her teacher's desk explaining her feelings, a school nurse referred her to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). But it took another six months for her to be seen by a therapist. When she finally got the therapy she needed, things improved, but she wishes things could have been different. "Therapy really did make a difference. I built...

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